5 - Nadal is one of a quintet of men to win a career Grand Slam in the Open Era.
Nadal is no longer the 19-year-old who won the French Open in his debut in 2005, wearing long white pirate shorts, his flowing locks wrapped by a white headband, his sleeveless shirt revealing bulging biceps. A quarterfinal loss in 2015 ended that run, then came last year's injury.
Nadal's desolation then was in stark contrast to the joy he showed here at the moment of victory, lying flat on his back in customary fashion to celebrate a remarkable achievement. And given how easily he won this tournament, it seems conceivable that if he stays relatively healthy he could threaten Federer's record 18 Grand Slam titles over the next few years.
The only time Wawrinka matched Nadal's strokes was in the early part of the first set in when he held the first two service games and had a break point in the third game.
He fought off four break points in the next game but was broken two games later and the set soon followed. Time and again, when Wawrinka did hit out, he missed, and when he didn't, Nadal was there to rip a victor after winner. Facing a trio of set points, Nadal showed the mettle and shots that would become so familiar, saving all three and not dropping another game for his first major championship.
Rafael Nadal plays a forehand during his dominant French Open final win. Not only has Nadal not conceded a set, he has dropped a total of only 29 games along the way.
All the third seed could do was applaud.
Things did not improve as Nadal broke serve again in the opening game of the third set.
The 36-year-old believes Nadal can keep dominating for the rest of the season.
Wawrinka did not crumble and geed up the crowd after a lovely cross-court slice at the net teed him up to hold in game five.
Key Stat: Nadal saved 16 of 17 break points he faced, going 10-for-10 in the first set, and 1-for-1 over the last two.
The No. 4-seeded Nadal is bidding for his record 10th title in Paris and his 15th Grand Slam title overall.
"From the beginning from my side, for sure, I didn't play my best tennis", he said. For me, the nerves and the adrenalin that I feel when I play in this court is impossible to compare to another feeling. "This is the most important event in my career".
"Wawrinka is a very risky opponent, so my mentality was that I can not give him the chance to be back on the match", he added. I'm going to have doubts even in a few days, because in tennis every week is a new story and that's part of the attractive thing of our sport.
"When you play against Rafa, if you hesitate, it's no good".